West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is celebrating the start of the festive season with a series of public transport maps illustrated by local artists.
Images were specially commissioned for each area of the region, now reproduced on pocket travel guides and on posters at travel information points.
WMCA’s transport arm Transport for West Midlands (then Centro), jointly funded production of the project and some artwork, with Arts Council England.
Dudley artist Steve Field co-ordinated the work, the remainder of which was enthusiastically donated by the team of artists.
The artists took a variety of approaches, many choosing to focus on local landmarks and architecture, using techniques ranging from printmaking to paper cuts, ink and watercolour.
Cllr Kath Hartley, TfWM lead for putting passengers first, said: “I would like to thank the artists and the team at TfWM for all their efforts to make this project happen.
“I’m glad we could support local artists and promote their work, the region’s heritage and the public transport network.
“The guides and posters will brighten up the network enormously and I can imagine they may well become collectors’ items.”
Several of the artists are members of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and examples of their other original work are currently on show in the Annual Exhibition at the gallery in Brook St, Hockley.